Lincoln - Stefanie A. Martinez has made history as the first Latina judge in the state of Nebraska.
Gov. Dave Heineman announced his appointment of the Papillion resident to the County Court, 2nd Judicial District on Friday.
Since 2008, 43-year-old Martinez has served in several positions at the Sarpy County Attorney's Office. She has served as a Drug Court Team Member, and the Senior Deputy County Attorney and Domestic Violence Coordinator.
Martinez has also had a solo practice and has served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. She has also held the position of Assistant Public Defender in the Douglas County Public Defender's Office.
Martinez earned her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Boston College.
Martinez fills the post left by Jeffrey J. Funke.